SAME Buffalo Post - October Virtual Lunch Speaker
October - Virtual Lunch Speaker
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Patrick Kaler - President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara
On October 7th, 2020, please join your fellow SAME Buffalo Post members in learning more about the State of Travel and Tourism in the US and locally during the COVID 19 Pandemic, with a look forward into 2021. Patrick Kaler is the President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara (VBN) which is the entity overseeing the destination marketing organization, convention center and sports commission in Erie and Niagara counties. Patrick will be talking about nationwide trends in leisure and business travel, and what it means for us in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Local Hotel Occupancy has been hit particularly hard, but there are encouraging signs for the future. Patrick also will be talking about somewhat less optimistic trends for Conventions and Conferences, and will be discussing the industries expectations for this Fall and 2021 in terms of business and leisure travel. Finally, Patrick will talk about what VBN is doing, along with other partners, to promote tourism, hospitality, conventions/conferences, and sports industry in western New York. In particular, VBN will be rolling out the Reopen Buffalo Tourism initiative to promote local tourism, travel, and meeting/sports events. Patrick will also speak to efforts of the Erie County COVID Task Force Marketing Subcommittee, which is rolling out a marketing and social media campaign to promote “Buy Local” initiatives. In addition, Dan Castle will provide a brief update on the status of ongoing efforts involving a new or improved Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Please click the link below to participate as there will be a presentation, but you can elect to just call in if needed.
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